Angry Los Angeles Residents Will Protest 10 Fast and Furious Movie Stunts
Moviegoers may be eagerly awaiting the tenth installment in the Fast & Furious film franchise, but residents of suburban Los Angeles where the filming of x fast unfolds are less than ecstatic.
Residents of the Angelino Heights area of Los Angeles are so fed up with the unwanted attention movies have garnered since the The fast and the furious emerged in 2001 that they were planning to stage a protest during a shoot that was to take place that Friday.
“We will be holding this protest to honor the 178 people who have been killed by street racers in Los Angeles, and to shame Universal for their callous disregard for this deadly epidemic of street racing that their movies started and continue to promote. “wrote a resident to the Los Angeles City Council in an email seen by the entertainment trade bible Variety.
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Variety spoke to residents of the historic district, of which Bob’s Market is the Toretto family’s fictional store, and were told that for many locals, it’s not film production that’s the problem, but antisocial and dangerous behavior fans drawn to the area after watching the films.
Hellen Kim told reporters the area in front of Bob’s Market is a magnet for people in modified cars with loud exhausts that cause disruption by revving their engines and performing donuts in the middle of the street. Kim said several runners crashed into residents’ parked cars and then drove off, leaving a trail of devastation. And a resident who asked Variety not to use his name claims a driver pointed a gun at him in the middle of the day when he came out of his house asking them to stop causing trouble.
However, some locals said they were happy filming would continue, explaining that the film’s producers were offering local residents financial compensation for the disruption caused by filming schedules.